Stephen Read

Dr. Stephen Read

2566 Overland, Ste 500B
Los Angeles , CA 90064
Office: 310-521-9747
Fax: 310-521-8112


Dr. Read, a practicing psychiatrist for twenty years, has qualified as a medical psychiatric expert witness in over 400 cases in federal and multiple state courts in matters regarding:

Capacity, testimentary capacity, diminished capacity, conservatorship, competence to testify, undue influence, elder abuse, financial abuse, skilled nursing (SNF), quality of care for dementia patients, Alzheimer's Disease, frontal lobe, stroke and vascular dementias, Parkinson's disease, hydrocephalus, personal injury, and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA.

He is Clinical Professor at UCLA, board certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. He maintains a private practice and is on the medical staff at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Greater Los Angeles VAHCS.

Areas of Expertise

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Brain Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminology
  • Disability
  • Driver Behavior
  • Drug Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Finance
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Hospital & Medical Ethics
  • Life Care Planning
  • Malingering
  • Managed Care & HMOs
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Nursing Homes
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Sanity/Trial Competency
  • Spousal Abuse

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: MD--1978
Completed psychiatric residency 1982
Completed fellowships in geriatric psychiatry and neurobehavior, 1984
Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology:
--Psychiatry, 1987
--Geriatric Psychiatry 1991, 2001
--Forensic Psychiatry 1999
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Psychiatric Association
American Medical Association
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Association of Psychiatry and the Law
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Multiple presentations to academic, professional, and community groups on various topics in terms of dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and other disorders, depression and other disorders, and capacity and undue influence.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 300
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Primarily issues of capacity and undue influence--contested conservatorships, will contests and other post hoc contractual issues, elder abuse and exploitation, and selected criminal issues.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 50
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: November 20, 2004
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: More than 30
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 30
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 1993.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting based on record review and/or evaluation of subjects; assessments complex family and business decision-making; assessments of appropriateness of care; preparation of reports and/or declarations; testimony at arbitration, deposition, or trial
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 425
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 425
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 495
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: fees per day: $4500 plus expenses
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Selected, dependent on special circumstances of the matter.


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